How to Clean a Golf Club
After a long day full of swings, chips, putts, and for sure some frustrations, your golf clubs will be as dirty as the streets of New York. (I don’t really think that this is possible, so it may be a slight exaggeration.) Cleaning them properly is very important for the preservation of your equipment. They will not only last longer, but you will also notice that your performance is much better when your clubs are clean. Your golf clubs are not a cheap investment, so the more you take care of them in a proper way, the more you will protect your investment.
Why You Need To Clean Your Club Clubs
Cleaning up your clubs will help you perform better during your round of golf because the dirt that gets accumulated inside the grooves (the lines that you find in your clubface), restrict better contact of the grooves with the ball, causing you to have less spin. Additionally, cleaning the grooves is important because it reduces the chance of having a ball lose control. In the game of golf, you do not want your ball to fly more than you wish, like having your ball land away from the hole, past the green, ending your chances of saving a par.
For those of you who might not know, grooves on a golf club are essential. Reason being, they force the golf ball to spin. Whenever an individual takes a club and connects with a ball, it creates a drag that in fact forces the ball to move a certain direction. I like to tell newcomers that there is a science behind golf. As the ball takes off, it’s imperative that it has rotation and speed, otherwise, it will not fly the way the golfer intends. When an individual has a dirty club, it can impair the ability of the grooves to connect with the ball in the desired way.
Usually, wedges are the clubs that have the most grooves. This is simply because the more loft your club has the more grooves it will need. A wedge without grooves would make the ball fly the same way without backspin. Also, you will not have the same control with the ball as you would have when hitting a golf ball with a wedge with grooves. Some golfers do not understand that cleaning their clubs regularly is one of the best ways to improve their shots, Keeping them clean will reduce the number of balls you lose during a round of golf. If you are not convinced just yet, consider this. Golf clubs with dirty grooves can also contribute to 5 extra hits per round (in case of people like me, 8).
How Often Do You Clean a Golf Club?
So, my tip for those of you who do not know how often clean your clubs the answer is every time you finish a round of golf! It is important that you take a few minutes to clean your clubs so then, every time that you are going to play, your clubs will be already clean and ready to improve your performance on the course. It is also beneficial that, after your hit a ball, you clean your clubs with a towel that is connected to your golf bag. This will help you in maintaining your clubs and keeping them in a good condition, while also continuing to have a good performance through the entire round. When you clean a golf club in between each shot, you will notice that the club will not be very dirty and the dirt on the club will be able to be removed with a single wipe of the towel.
How to Clean a Golf Club Practically
Here is my tip on how you can clean your golf clubs quickly and practically.
Step #1: Creating the Cleaning Solution
Mix warm water with soap that you would use for dishes in a medium or large bucket. The water cannot be too hot or the small ring above the club head may get loose, making the club head less stable. The bucket should be large enough to accommodate most of your clubs at once. Use enough water to cover the head of the club. Now, many of you may be asking, “What about the golf shaft?” It is not necessary to put the shaft in the water.
Step 2: Soaking the Clubface
Place the clubface of your clubs in the warm water for a few minutes. Dirt from a day of normal use is not very difficult to be removed; 5 minutes in the water with dish soap should suffice. For clubs that have been dirty for a long period of time or with spots that are harder to remove, it will be necessary to leave them submerged for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Brush, Brush, Brush!
After the soaking is complete, remove the clubs from the water and brush them with a thick bristle brush or old toothbrush. Begin cleaning by the front of the head, passing to the back, and finally the top and bottom. Don’t use a steel bristle brush because you could end up damaging the face of your club, which could affect your performance. Also, it’s incredibly important to remember to not place specific clubs such as a driver, hybrids or three wood in soapy water. Instead, wipe those golf clubs as much as you can with a wet towel. To clean the grooves on the face, use a toothpick or something similar.
Step 4: Rinse and Dry
Rinse the clubs with cold water; however, do try not to wet the grip. Now, if the grip gets a little wet, that’s not a huge problem. After you rinse the clubs, simply wipe the club heads with a dry towel. Make sure that the entire club is totally clean and dry to prevent any build-up of rust.
Step 5: Pack Away!
After all these steps, put them back in the bag. My biggest advice is to remember to never keep your clubs wet or humid. This can truly impair a golfer’s performance. So, take the proper time to dry it thoroughly before storing it.
A Proud Golfer Cleans Their Clubs
Once you begin watching golf on TV, you will notice every professional player’s caddy wipes the club face after each shot. This may seem tedious, but if it did not make some positive impact on the players game, it would not be done.
One of the most important times to have a clean club is when trying to perform a shot with backspin. This means that the golf ball will land at the desired target then roll backwards. In order to perform this shot, it is of utmost importance that the grooves be free of any water or dirt, as the grooves are what make the ball spin.
There is a multitude of online videos that display a golf professional hitting a shot with a dirty club and producing no backspin. One final reason to always maintain clean clubs is simply that it looks better on the course. Much the same way as a person who is proud of their car maintains a clean car, so too a golfer who is proud of his or her game maintains a clean set of clubs.